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Germanwings Flight 9525 was a Suicide Mission

Published: March 26, 2015; 15:30 · Updated: March 26; 18:30 · (FriedlNews)

According to the latest reports, suicide and mass murder by the co-pilot explains the deaths of 150 people aboard Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. There is clear evidence that 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately locked the pilot out of the cockpit and then began with the Airbus A320 a constant, unauthorized and deadly descent. Brice Robin, the public prosecutor from Marseille told a press conference that the first officer had locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the controls of the Airbus for a rapid descent and the eventual crash into the French Alps. The Aviation Safety Network has published a list of aircraft accidents caused by pilot suicide (see below).

Did one German Wings pilot deliberately lock the other out of the cockpit? / Picture: © Flickr

The New York Times and AFP reported from a source on the investigation team that the cockpit voice recording of Germanwings Flight 9525 revealed that one of the pilots had been locked out of the cockpit and had been trying to break down the door.

He started by knocking lightly and then, getting no response, began hitting the door harder.

Usually, the pilot which is located outside of the cockpit, can enter - after a specified period of time - the cockpit using a security code.

However, the remaining pilot inside the cockpit may actively prevent this.

He also reportedly tried to break the door down, to no avail.

This facility is supposed to prevent a terrorist to gain access to the cockpit with support of the outside pilot.

The Aviation Safety Network recently published a list of aircraft accidents caused by pilot suicide. The following is the list of airliner accidents involving (possible or rumored) pilot suicide. (General aviation aircraft are not included.)

24 March 2015 – 150 fatalities
Germanwings Flight 9525 (4U9525/GWI18G) flying from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, entered a constant descent that began one minute after the last routine contact with air traffic control and shortly after the plane had reached its assigned cruise altitude and crashed 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Nice, in the French Alps. Preliminary investigation results did not indicate that the accident was intentional. However, the latest reports indicate that one pilot deliberately locked the other out of the cockpit and then began with the descent.

29 November 2013 – 33 fatalities
LAM Flight 470 entered a rapid descent while en route between Maputo and Luanda and crashed in Namibia. Preliminary investigation results indicate that the accident was intentional. The captain made control inputs that directed the plane to the ground, shortly after the first officer had left the flight deck.

31 October 1999 – 217 fatalities
Egypt Air Flight 990, a Boeing 767, entered a rapid descent some 30 minutes after departure from New York-JFK Airport. This happened moments after the captain had left the flight deck.  During the investigation it was suggested that the accident was caused by a deliberate act by the relief first officer. However, there was no conclusive evidence. The NTSB concluded that the accident was a “result of the relief first officer’s flight control inputs. The reason for the relief first officer’s actions was not determined.” The suggestions of a deliberate act were heavily disputed by Egyptian authorities.

11 October 1999 – 1 fatality
An Air Botswana captain who had been grounded for medical reasons took off in an ATR-42. He made several demands over the radio and finally stated he was going the crash the plane. He caused the plane to crash into two parked ATR-42 aircraft on the platform at Gaborone Airport, Botswana. 

19 December 1997 – 104 fatalities
Silk Air Flight 185, a Boeing 737 en route from Jakarta, Indonesia to Singapore, crashed in Indonesia following a rapid descent from cruising altitude. Indonesian authorities were not able to determine the cause of the accident. It has been suggested by amongst others the U.S. NTSB that the captain may have committed suicide by switching off both flight recorders and intentionally putting the Boeing 737 in a dive, possibly when the first officer had left the flight deck. During 1997 the captain experienced multiple work-related difficulties, particularly during the last 6 months. Also at the time of the accident the captain was experiencing significant financial difficulties, which was disputed by the Indonesian investigators.

21 August 1994 – 44 fatalities
A Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 airplane crashed in the Atlas Mountains shortly after takeoff from Agadir, Morocco.  The accident was suggested to have been caused by the captain disconnecting the autopilot and directing the aircraft to the ground deliberately. The Moroccan Pilot’s Union challenged these findings. 

13 July 1994 – 1 fatality
A Russian Air Force engineer stole the aircraft at the Kubinka AFB to commit suicide. The aircraft crashed when there was no more fuel left. 

22 August 1979 – 4 fatalities
A 23 year old male mechanic who had just been fired entered a hangar at Bogotá Airport, Colombia and stole a military HS-748 transport plane. He took off and crashed the plane in a residential area.

26 September 1976 – 12 fatalities
A Russian pilot stole an Antonov 2 airplane directed his aircraft into the block of flats in Novosibirsk where his divorced wife lived.